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UPDATE: Guam bomb defusal successful

This image appeared with Naval Base Guam's announcement that the "render safe" exercise performed on World War II-era ordnance found near the base's magazine was successful. (Navy via Facebook)

This image appeared with Naval Base Guam’s announcement that the “render safe” exercise performed on World War II-era ordnance found near the base’s magazine was successful. (Navy via Facebook)

Sailors assigned to the Marianas detachment of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 kept Guam safe from a blast from the past.

On Thursday, after an evacuation, their “render safe” procedure on a 500-pound, World War II-era bomb found near the entrance to the naval magazine proved successful. The team disarmed the bomb’s tail and nose fuzes before it was removed from the area for disposal, according to a post on Naval Base Guam’s official Facebook page.

The bomb was found on a construction site. Lt. Dhruy Parashar, the unit’s officer in charge, had some words of advice for others digging on the island.

“A lot of World War II unexploded ordnance that we handle is found when a construction crew is digging in an area that no one has been in many years,” Parashar said in the post. “My advice is if anyone hits something metallic while digging, to take a careful look at what they hit, don’t touch it, and if there is any doubt call 911 and leave the area immediately.”

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